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Disaster Assistance Church Planting Effort

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The funds from this campaign will be received by Glen Hallead.

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Glen Hallead Sanford, NC
Recipient: Glen Hallead

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In 2019 Hurricane Dorian wreaked devastation in certain areas of the Caribbean. Many of the islands and islets are still seeking assistance in their recovery efforts. Electricity has only recently (Sept, 2020) been fully restored to one particular islet.  The rebuilding efforts there continue.  Many organizations have assisted in this effort but after a year, as so often is the case, other pressing disasters around the world have limited their ability to stay engaged.

During the clean up operation, a small church plant was begun with the assistance of Samaritan's Purse. Now both a resident and scattered few but mighty Christians seek to continue the effort of reaching out with the Good News to an islet with no established church presence.  Carol and I have been invited to engage with the leadership in this outreach to the community for the building up of the kingdom there.

Our plan is to make several trips during 2021, spending 1-2 months each time to help plan, organize, resource and provide pastoral support in this process.  (Visa issues and several other matters restrict our ability to stay longer). 

We are able to cover the cost of travel, food, visas, and other general costs out of our own personal resources.  The cost of short term housing however is significant and, quite honestly, beyond our reach.  Accordingly we are turning to family, friends, and other kindhearted Christians to help us in this effort  (More information may be obtained by writing to glenhallead@protonmail.com.)
 
We are seeking to raise a total of $15,000. The funds will be used to secure short-term accommodations of approximately 1-2 months on each of three trips in 2021, while we assist the church in its organizational, worship, rebuilding, and outreach efforts. Any and all residual balances will be donated to that local church effort.

Donors should be aware that 100% of the proceeds of this campaign will be used for housing expenses. Donors will, however, be asked to choose, as a part of the donation process, whether or not they wish to make an additional contribution to GIVE-SEND-GO but that is neither expected nor required.  Also, contributions are not likely tax deductible.  You should check with your tax advisor.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this matter.  We believe God has made us available for just such a work and just such a time as this.

For protection and provision as we prepare to make a rather hasty exploratory trip in December.  There are health checks, travel complexities, and other matters to be delicately balanced.  We will need to get a molecular (RT-PCR) COVID 19 test within five days of departure and submit that to the Bahaman government which may take up to 3 days to issue a health visa.  But we believe that God is more than able to manage that time frame!

Anonymous

2020-10-12 14:58:10

God bless you as you continue Gods work.

Anonymous

2020-10-13 19:16:25

Excited for you both as you take this step forward!

Update #4
November 10, 2020, 6:26 pm
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Another major donation!  Many thanks to the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, PA for their generous donation of $1500 toward the housing expenses to be incurred in moving forward this project.  Glen served the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, upon returning from Ghana, Africa. Over the course of the past 12 years this congregation has grown steadfastly in their understanding of mission as the backbone of church ministry.  20% of their annual budget is set aside each year for mission efforts, locally, nationally, and internationally.  This has been their comitment even when other segments of the overall church bueget needed to be trimmed.  Kudos, acclimation, and commendation to the First Presbyterian Church congregation. And a WHOLE lot of personal thanks to the faithful therein.

Update #3
November 3, 2020, 10:51 pm
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As we continue to seek funds, we are mindful of the fact that there may be some sense that this would be more of a vacation than a ministry; that somehow, those in the Bahamas may be less needful than others.  I remember accepting my first call to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, PA.  The congregation was upper middle class, largely european/white, and suburban.  Boy did I get ribbed about "selling out". Truth was and is that all people need to hear the good news.  Throughout our ministry we have tried to serve those to whom we felt the Lord was leading us, irrespective of the financial well-being, the status or class, or any other demographic. 

As our ministry progressed we bebgan to feel a draw to congregations which might not otherwise be able to afford a minister, the rural and small town parishes that didn't have the big payday packages. Accordingly, we've never been able to put aside much of a nestegg.  Oh we do well, far better than most in the world and we are grateful for that each and every day.  But, truth be told, this is something that we feel a tremendous sense of leading in and without your support we simply won't be able to make this happen. 

The Lord will provide.  And we have been astonished by the gifts we have received.  The latest from a member of a church's Pastor Nominating Committee we interviewed with and turned down a call to 20 or so years ago.  All this time we have remained in contact, praying for one another and trying to keep up with the respective life changes.  Today a check arrived in the mail.  As big a contribution as we have yet received. Once this check clears we will be at 31%of our goal.

It is events like this, all gifts given by those we know struggle to make them, the gifts from longer term friends, and for the first time, a familiy member.  Aslan is on the move.  And we are grateful to God for those of you who provide words of encouragement, prayers, and the financial gifts necessary.  We pray for each of you to recognize just how wonderfully each of us is indeed blessed. The Lord loves a cheerful giver!
 

Contributions by mail...
October 12, 2020, 9:02 pm
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Several people, interested in limiting their internet footprint, have asked if they could simply mail a check to our home address.  Yes, if that is what you prefer, you may.  We will track it along side the donations posted here and they will be accounted for and treated similarly.  If you need the address feel free to email us.

Update #1
October 11, 2020, 6:25 pm
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Wow, what a great response.  In just 12 hours or so we have already hit 8% of our goal. Thanks to those who have already responded.

Carol and I are making plans for an exploratory trip in December, at the invitiation of a group of part-time and full-time residents as well as some "plank-owners," funders and others committed to changing the culture of this island from a party destination to a Christian oasis, perhaps even developing it as a Christian Retreat destination.

The vision is large but our God is even larger, so please continue to be in prayer and stay posted on the project.

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Campaign Created by:
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